Here’s your chance to sound off on the proposed Thruway toll increase on large trucks — three public hearings have been scheduled across the state.
The state Thruway Authority has proposed a 45 percent toll increase on vehicles with more than three axels, which would include most commercial traffic. If the toll hike were to go into effect, it would increase the cost of a trip from Albany to Williamsville from $65.15 to $94.45 for trucks.
The authority last month unveiled its plan to increase the commercial tolls, pairing it with $119.5 million in operational cuts from 2013 to 2016, according to the register. The increase is part of a larger financial plan to save the Thruway’s multi-year capital program.
Since then, both Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s have downgraded the authority’s bond outlook, warning that a toll increase in addition to the proposed 45 percent hike may be necessary to cover its debt.
Business groups, however, have pushed back significantly, saying that the increased costs on truckers will eventually be passed on to consumers.
Here’s the schedule of public hearings, according to the register:
Aug. 16, 6-8 p.m.: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library auditorium, Buffalo.
Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, East Syracuse.
Aug. 18, 10 a.m. – noon: Hilton Garden Inn, Newburgh.